Since the new academic year started at St Andrews, our calendar has been chockful of activities for the entire community. While the upcoming week is no exception, there is a special glint of excitement in the air as we race towards the Christmas holidays and realise that there are only 8 actual school days remaining. It was great to see the Primary children’s faces when the Christmas decorations went up last week all around the school. A huge thank you goes to our ever-supportive PTG, along with everyone else who contributed to decorating the Primary School. As a result of your grand efforts, the whole place has been imbued with a heartwarming Christmas feel.
High School also took on a festive environment thanks to Book Week 2017. The Mini Concerts by the St Andrews Choir, our Brass Quintet and String Ensemble in the library during lunch times sprinkled in a few holiday tunes to get everyone in the spirit of the season. Continuing under the theme of Book Week, Year 6 students really enjoyed their visit to High School to participate in a “Poetry Treasure Hunt” led by their Year 10 counterparts. This activity is a great way to start to the all-important transition process for Year 6 as they re-emerge as bonafide Year 7 High School students in August 2018.
The last day of High School Book Week served as a great capstone for the celebration as many students and virtually every teacher dressed up as a famous book character. All these noteworthy literary characters roaming our corridors and classrooms really did give the campus a unique aura of scholarship. The prizes given out at lunchtime in the Atrium gave due recognition to everyone’s efforts and creativity in their costumes. A huge thank you must be given to our Head of English Ms. Brenda, Miss Emma, the entire English department, and many more for organising this wonderfully eclectic and energised week. It really was a celebration of literature and our appreciation of it.
If all this wasn’t enough, this past weekend the High School campus was the site of the annual Nord Anglia South East Asia Primary Games. Five NAE international schools sent their Primary Games squads to our school to compete in basketball and tee-ball competitions. I was completely swept up by all the excitement on Saturday and Sunday watching the basketball competitions. These matches were also live-streamed on YouTube so that supporters and cheerleaders unable to make it to the Sports Hall on these days could still witness the top-notch competition. While the matches themselves exhibited a tight battle-of-wills between rival schools, competitors quickly and easily settled back into a spirit of camaraderie and fellowship evident from the opening dinner to the closing celebration on Sunday night. New friends from different Nord Anglia schools across our region enjoyed each other's company.
The other great activity I was able to observe on Saturday morning was a group of our senior students undertaking a diving CAS activity in the swimming pool. Everyone was kitted out with their wet suits and air tanks , and it was clear to see that they enjoyed the whole range of training exercises they were undertaking for their open water PADI certification. Sitting in my office working on Saturday and catching glimpses of these adventurous students in the pool made me wish I had the opportunity to join that activity, as well. There’s always next time!
The next fourteen days are made up of two consecutive four-day weeks with Tuesday 5th December being Thailand’s celebration of Father’s Day. This is followed by a long weekend thanks to another national holiday, Constitution Day. I hope everyone enjoys these two special days, and I very much look forward to our end-of-term Christmas fairs and music concerts held at each of the campuses on the final week of school for 2017.
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